|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Demonstrate skills in developing and maintaining landscapes according to sustainable principles.
- Define approaches to solving landscape and gardening problems by applying ecological principles.
|Description - |
|Principles and practices utilized in the design, implementation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes and gardens. Reviews ecological principles of sustainability for efficient energy use in the environment.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- exhibit an understanding of the ecological basis for landscape sustainability.
- define practical approaches to solving and applying ecological principles to landscaping and gardening.
- analyze landscapes and gardens to improve their sustainability.
- demonstrate the ability to manage soils, insects, plants and diseases in landscapes and gardens.
- demonstrate skills in developing and maintaining landscapes according to sustainable principles.
- integrate concepts learned to manage a landscape with minimum input of highly synthetic chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.
- explore implementation of sustainable concepts on a global level
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Horticultural laboratory, sustainable garden, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Energy systems and concepts for plant production
- Role of soils (nutrients and microbes) in plant production
- Water management in sustainable landscaping and gardening
- Composting methods and use
- Insect and disease management
- Conceptual and regulatory issues to produce and sell "chemically free" and "organically grown" vegetables, herbs and flowers
- Marketing and sales of vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers produced
- Cultural diversity and the sustainability concept
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
- Special project (paper, web page, landscape design, or construction project) to be defined according to the interest of the student and instructor.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Thomsen, William J. Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors. Island Press, 2nd Ed. 2007. |
|Disciplines - |
|Environmental Horticulture & Design |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lab Content - |
- Sustainable landscape design lab: Classroom lab on design of sustainable landscapes
- Sustainable landscape practices labs: Labs may include composting practices, use of recycled materials in landscape construction projects, and application of water conservation practices.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading assignments will include reading approximately 50 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
- Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.